"Flash Gordon looking for the Bloomberg Building..."  © Michael del Pilar
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(@Leckie1463) Todd Leckie said:January 1st, 2013 (4:37pm) PST
@MickeydelPilar replied: You're very kind, Todd...
(@Christaz) Christophe Deperraz said:December 30th, 2012 (10:01am) PST
@MickeydelPilar replied: Merci beaucoup, Christophe..
(@TomShacochis) Tom Shacochis said:December 23rd, 2012 (11:49am) PST
Great shot, Mickey!!
@MickeydelPilar replied: Thanks Tom...still waiting for Flash Gordon to give me a ride...
(@ChrisRuefli) Chris Ruefli said:December 18th, 2012 (5:34am) PST
Awesome sculpture , awesome capture. Thanks for sharing.
@MickeydelPilar replied: Thank you very much, Chris.
(@KWirtanen) Kent Wirtanen said:December 10th, 2012 (9:06pm) PST
Excellent shot and write up Michael. Well done.
@MickeydelPilar replied: Thanks Kent. this rocket ship fuels my youthful imagination from years gone by.
(@teach50) Linda Karlin said:December 10th, 2012 (5:19pm) PST
Great shot.
@MickeydelPilar replied: Many thanks, Linda.
(@miroth) miroth said:December 10th, 2012 (5:06pm) PST
Great stuff!Well captured.
@MickeydelPilar replied: Thank you much, Miroth...
(@JadeCarbone) Jade Carbone said:December 10th, 2012 (2:29pm) PST
Interesting narrative and sculpture Michael, wonderfully done!
@MickeydelPilar replied: Thanks,'s very impressive in person and I was lucky to accidentally come upon it.
(@endlessreach1) Carl Shaw said:December 10th, 2012 (10:04am) PST
Nicely done Michael...interesting story behind this piece...well done...
@MickeydelPilar replied: Thanks for looking, Carl..appreciate it.
(@polimeros) thom polimeros said:December 10th, 2012 (8:08am) PST
i like your postwork on this one Mickey.....fits the '50s sci fi theme
@MickeydelPilar replied: Thanks Thom...totally reminded me of '50s era as well....Flash Gordon's space ship in particular (early TV '50s series).
(@nairfotografia) Nair Fotografia said:December 10th, 2012 (7:38am) PST
great capture Michael, great story
@MickeydelPilar replied: Thanks's one cool sculpture that brings back youthful memories.
(@Chef999) Harold Begun said:December 10th, 2012 (7:16am) PST
Fantastic image, Great work!
@MickeydelPilar replied: Thanks, Harold...came upon it by serendipity on the way to see the Blue Angels.
(@Manu) Manu Klemm said:December 10th, 2012 (6:24am) PST
A fine rocket ship
@MickeydelPilar replied: Totally agree's one cool rocket...
(@jaykay72) John Kortland said:December 10th, 2012 (5:29am) PST
Looks like either a rocket ship or one of those retro juicers photographed from below ! Lovely sheen to the metalwork, the fins give the appearance of it being peeled. Great spot as always Michael.
@MickeydelPilar replied: It's an impressive piece of metal work, John...conjures up flights of fancy and youthful memories..thanks as always for your kind words.
(@rich007) Rich Mayer said:December 10th, 2012 (4:38am) PST
Fun shot and title!!
(@Marthe) marthe said:December 10th, 2012 (3:26am) PST
Love the title , which brings me 'few years' back.. Very nice shot and interesting narrative as always.
@MickeydelPilar replied: Thanks Marthe...Flash Gordon was one of my favorite early TV heroes...this rocket ship totally takes me back to those youthful days.
(@Luisbo) Luis Botella said:December 10th, 2012 (3:00am) PST
Una foto que me recuerda a los comics de los '70 y a sus escenas futuristas; me gusta.
@MickeydelPilar replied: Esto también me lleva de vuelta a los cómics temprana y televisión cuando nuestra imaginación no tenía límites juveniles .. gracias por comentar, Luis.
(@buyero) Rino Lo Presti said:December 10th, 2012 (1:08am) PST
great work!!
@MickeydelPilar replied: Many thanks, Rino.
(@mauropasquero) mauro pasquero said:December 9th, 2012 (11:42pm) PST
Stunning shot, Michael !!! Very imposing !!!
@MickeydelPilar replied: Most thankful for your great comment, Mauro.
(@thebassplayer) Richard Bland said:December 9th, 2012 (10:50pm) PST
This is wonderful Michael and the shot is brilliant
@MickeydelPilar replied: Appreciate the kind words, Richard.
(@DayneReast) Dayne Reast said:December 9th, 2012 (10:10pm) PST
Cool! I'll have to check that out some time
@MickeydelPilar replied: Yeah, I came across it unexpectedly, Dayne, as my friend and I were walking along the waterfront during Fleet Week to see the Blue Angels a few months back.
(@Mauritta) Greg Mclemore said:December 9th, 2012 (9:41pm) PST
Very futuristic, well expressed
@MickeydelPilar replied: Thank you,'s pretty impressive in person, takes me back to childhood.

Michael del Pilar

Cross over to the Embarcadero and stroll along the wide sidewalk. Just south of Mission Street, you come to a sculpture, "The Raygun Gothic Rocketship," touted as the Milky Way's finest system-to-system transportation. This 40-foot sculpture, created by a group of local artists, is allegedly ready to board travelers to nearby stars. The sculpture is temporarily installed at the entrance to Pier 14, the Embarcadero's newest public pier.

There is no social message in this artwork of oversize whimsy. It says nothing about local history or culture. The aluminum skin is a surprise amid the Embarcadero’s masonry buildings. It is what it is: a curvilicious gleam that captures the gee-whiz air of futurism past, on loan from the Black Rock Arts Foundation. The Port Commission will vote Tuesday on whether to let Raygun Gothic stay until October 2012, and how can anyone say no? This is art that sparks imagination and joy, the stuff of which vibrant cities are made

San Francisco, California...

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